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Jul 10, 2010 11:00pm EDT
plan attacks inside the united states. he's also attacking u.s. troops in afghanistan. >> we've almost called venus the forest gufrp of the jihad in the sense that he seemed to find this way to get himself involved in operations or attacks that seem way beyond a 20-some-odd convert from long island should be involved in. >> an american so radical iezed, so dangerous, he's willing to help al qaeda plot bombings that could kill his own friends and even his own family on long island. >> in a conventional war you have companies, you have divisions, you have brigades, you have battalions. in this war, every single person counts. every sickle person that goes over there like him is somebody we can't miss. >> but the tables could be turning on al qaeda. their one-time secret weapon could be spilling their secrets. family, friends, and intelligence officials are left wondering why and how did bryant turn into a terrorist. who convinced him to wage jihad against his neighbors? my search for answers begins about an hour's drive from new york city where bryant kneel venus was born to the s
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Jul 26, 2010 5:00pm EDT
key u.s. ally playing a role in the deaths of american troops? i'm going to ask pakistan's ambassador to the u.s. about these disturbing allegations. >>> and the case of the disappearing oil. why officials in the gulf say they are not finding much crude left on the water surface? wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux and you're in "the situation room." >>> well, some are calling it one of the biggest leaks in u.s. military history. in the league of the pentagon papers. those revelations about the vietnam war. but today the white house contends that there isn't much new in the thousands of afghan war logs posted online by the group wikileaks. some powerful members of congress, well, they're not so sure. they say the documents raised some serious questions about u.s. policy toward afghanistan and neighboring pakistan. i want to begin with our senior white house correspondent ed henry and what was startling and what was -- stood out in my mind when i saw the white house today was that they are not saying that the contents, the information inside, is inaccurate. they'
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Jul 26, 2010 1:00pm EDT
-seeking missiles to shoot down u.s. helicopters and other air crafts. these missiles helped afghan guerillas defeat the soviet occupation in the 19el 80s. there were a huge number of civilians caught in the cross fire in land and air operations and also seek let u.s. commando raids against taliban leaders, some successful, others resulting in civilian deaths. >>> again, one of the most devastating points in these documents is the allegation that pakistan's spy agency is supplying weapons, training and even planning some operations for the afghan taliban. now, on friday, i spoke with matt waldman, this is before these wikileaks were made. matt waldman is an independent analyst who, through his own research, has come to the same conclusion about pakistan's intelligence agency, helping the taliban. he has visited afghanistan numerous times, and interviewed taliban field commanders, taliban officials, foreign diplomats, and other analysts. here's part of what he told us. >> well, this is research that we conducted over six months, and as you say, we interviewed a very large number of i
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Jul 8, 2010 5:00pm EDT
to be the new head of the u.s. military's central command. it's a u.s. marine general who once said it's fun to shoot some people. this hour the pentagon's problem. military brass with loose lips, and republican party chairman michael steele insists he's 100% behind the u.s. troops, but is that enough to satisfy conservatives who say it's past time for him to go. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> well, let's begin with the breaking news right now. all ten russian suspects appearing in a new york court pleaded guilty just a little while ago in connection with the stunning spy case, and now after days of speculation about a possible spy swap between the united states and russia, we've learned how the exchange is about to play out. let's bring in our foreign affairs correspondent jill doherty. she's got new information just coming in. jill, tell us what you know. >> reporter: right. wolf, this is -- we just got this. it's from the u.s. justice department, and this is a letter from the justice department to the judge who was hearing these russians, who were making th
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Jul 25, 2010 2:00pm EDT
part of my program this week. i will see you next week. . >>> a u.s. sail or reportedly killed in afghanistan and another is being held hostage. a live report just moments away. >>> a jamaican child is brought to the u.s. without legal documents. she leaves as an adult and applies for reentry into the u.s. the proper way but the u.s. won't let her back in. the compelling story. >>> at 5:00, one and done. more parents are stopping at just one child. find out why. you're in the cnn newsroom. i'm rachel whitfield. we're learning more about the two sailors shot down in afghanistan. sources say they have located the body of one of the service members. cnn's pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us on the phone from washington. what happened, barbara? >> reporter: well, the information is being very closely held by u.s. military officials, but according to what they have said, these two u.s. navy sailors friday night for some reason left their compound in the capital city of kabul, drove south and never came back. now, as of today, it is afghan and taliban sources who are putting t
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Jul 13, 2010 5:00pm EDT
kidnapped by the united states. the u.s. calls that claim preposterous. what's the real story behind the iranian scientist's now turned up at the pakistani embassy. >>> the legendary owner of the new york yankees, george steinbrenner. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> at some point perhaps in the next hour we could see the beginning of the end of that big dark gush over oil that's been tainting the gulf of mexico for 85 days. we're standing by for testing to begin on the new cap bp placed on its ruptured wellhead. over the course of those tests we should learn if the leak is sealed and the oil is stopped. even if that happens, there should still be plenty of oil left in the gulf to clean up. we've been getting an exclusive look at one of the most high-tech weapons to take care of the spill. ines, tell us what you're been discover. >> reporter: over the past few weeks they've been flying overhead to see where the oil was. they were doing it with technology that wasn't intended for this purpose and we've been able to get exclusive access to it. it's the newest weapon to
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Jul 4, 2010 9:00am EDT
in afghanistan until i have confidence the u.s. taxpayer money is not being abused to line the pockets of corrupt afghan government officials and drug lords and terrorists. can you respond to the allegation that people with political connections are getting off? >> that's not true. we prosecuted a number of high ranking officials in the afghanistan government. that process will continue. there is a lot of mi misinformation. there is a report about the cash coming out of the kabul airport. out of the $19.6 million that the united states is giving to the afghanistan is the past three years, only $1 billion, 5% of the u.s. money has been given to the afghan government. yes, there is waste and corruption, but a lot of it has nothing to do with the afghan government. it's the contracting system. whach >> what is worry some to congressman and americans, is governments do have the corruption parts, it's that the president is corrupt, that he, you know, he was corrupt from the election on. he is trying to help his friends. that is more difficult, because this is the man that we need to
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Jul 4, 2010 7:00pm EDT
coast guardsman who xanded the first u.s. vessel to arrive in haiti after the earthquake, helping pave the way for one of the most complex humanitarian effort ever attempted, commander durham. this is the spirit of which adams spoke so long ago. you are the men and women who toil to defend these states. you are patriots. and you have earned your place among the greatest of generations. yet on this day we know that america's journey is not sustained by those in uniform alone. it must be the calling and cause of every american. so let us ensure that our troops always have the support that they need to succeed in the missions we ask of them, and that includes public support here at home. let us forge a national commitment to support our extraordinary military families, not just now, during war, but at have stage of your lives and thank -- thanks to michelle and joe biden for challenging us to do that. let us resolve as citizens to carry on the improbable experience that began more than 00 years ago. not simply declaring our principles but living them here at home. not simply celebrat
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Jul 2, 2010 5:00pm EDT
your "situation room." >>> happy birthday, rick. happening now, the u.s. economy loses jobs for the first time this year. the president insists that the recovery is moving forward but americans who are desperate for a paycheck may not be buying that. and two more alleged russian spies reveal their true identities. we'll look at the perils of being a secret agent with kids. and we'll hear from the grown son of one of the suspects. >>> and a leading conservative is calling on the republican party chairman to do his patriotic duty this july 4th by resigning. how long can michael steele hang on to his job? wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux and you're in "the situation room." >>> well job gains in america hit a wall now adding to fears that the nation may be socked with a second recession. there are new figures that show that the economy lost 125,000 jobs in june. now you can see there had been job growth every month in 2010 until the june slide. the loss is mostly due to the fact that the census is over and those jobs related to the census went away. the overall unemployme
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Jul 9, 2010 8:00pm EDT
the u.s. landed in washington. another plane carrying ten russian secret agents had landed in moscow earlier today. we're going to tell you exactly how the whole thing went down. >>> and then a little later, a new blow for actor mel gibson after a charge ever domestic violence. has the hollywood star gone too far this time? we are going to begin with our number one story. the biggest spy swap since the cold war. sound like something out of a hollywood block buster, but we learned today the script for this story came from a highest levels of our government. >> reporter: straight from the cold war today, two planes nose to tail in a european airfield. a spy swap. >> a dramatic transfer shrouded in secrecy. you had ten alleged russian spies traded for four men held in russia on charges of spying for the west. >> reporter: last night the russians deported from america after pleading guilty to acting as unregistered foreign agents. >> from a distance waiting vans could be seen shuttling the former captives from one plane to another as the spies literally traded places. with 90 minutes the
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Jul 25, 2010 6:00pm EDT
on this? >> reporter: good evening. very few statements from the u.s. military at this hour, because by all accounts, they are still pulling out all the stops to search for the sailor who is still missing and believed to be in taliban hands. afghan government officials in the province south of kabul, the capital, says the body of one of the sailors has been found, that he was apparently, by all accounts, killed in the fire fight that broke out. the other sailor may be wounded, but at this hour, in fact, they are still searching urgently for him. posters have been put up, rewards have been offered, and they are scouring that region south of the capital looking for any leads they can. >> barbara starr following this story. barbara, if you get more information, welcome back to you. thank you so much. >>> right now the u.s. and south korea are in the middle of war games. and north korea is furious over it. the north threatened a nuclear response if they went forward, and it was just that threat that led to this show of force. here's more from seoul, south korea. >> even in the overnight
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Jul 24, 2010 2:00pm EDT
bp. >>> and north korea's rhetoric against the u.s. is getting even hotter. pyongyang warned it would use nuclear deterrence and about 8,000 military personnel are expected to take part in the drill tomorrow off the south korean coast. the u.s. says the exercises are in response to the deadly sinking of a south korean ship blamed on the north. a former reporter with cnn and now a senior fellow at the university of southern california says it is possible this war of words could escalate even further. >> i think the north koreans know if they get into a serious shooting war with south korea and the united states, they're going to lose their regime and their system are going to disappear. so they're not interested in provoking that kind of war. on the other hand, when you have both sides engaging in saber rattling and muscle flexing, that's what this joint u.s./south korean naval exercise is, it's to deter north korea. there is the danger of an incident of one episode spiraling out of control. >> in addition to the 8,000 military personnel, about 200 aircraft and 20 ships and subs
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Jul 3, 2010 2:00pm EDT
afghanistan and iraq. in afghanistan, the new u.s. commander, general david petraeus is on the ground and getting right to work. in iraq, a fourth of july weekend surprise for u.s. troops. vice president joe biden and his wife are in baghdad in an unannounced visit. we'll have a live report in just about a minute from now. >>> but first t latest on the gulf oil disaster. bad news for south florida. a few government report warns that there is a good chance that bp's spilled oil will reach south florida within 20 miles of the beaches there in the florida keys, miami and ft. lauderdale in the next few months. and one more loss to report in the gulf. tourism dollars. cnn's reynolds wolf is in gulf shores, alabama. there are a have you stragglers on the beach. but hardly anyone would want to get into the water. how is this hurting this coastal community? >> reporter: a lot of people, one of the first things they want to do is head out in that water which is usually a beautiful aquamarine. but unfortunately, they can't do that. let's be honest about this, the situation could be like this, virtu
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Jul 19, 2010 1:00am EDT
represent south carolina in the u.s. senate. was today's speech enough to sway voters? on his car insurance. so, from now on, i'd like to be known as "the saver." you know, the esurance site gives out discounts every day. "saver." shouldn't we call the website "the saver"? the website already has a nickname, people. which is? "fred." so, you're "the saver," while the website, which gives out thousands of discounts everyday, is called "fred"? hey "saver." yeah that just happened. [ male announcer ] call today or go to esurance.com. i love running my tongue across my teeth and feeling all the stuff i missed. as long as i get all the stuff i see, it's fine. [ male announcer ] no one really wants plaque left on their teeth. but ordinary manual brushes can leave up to 50% of plaque behind. that's why you want an oral-b power brush. inspired by dental tools, they clean away plaque in wa. for that dentist-smooth, clean feeling every day. fight plaque with real power. oral-b power. basic.? preferred. okay. at meineke i have options, and 50% off brake pads and shoes. my money. my choice. m
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Jul 10, 2010 11:00am EDT
this just a short time ago that six u.s. service members have been killed in attacks today in afghanistan. our atia abawi is with us again from kabul. we heard the number six had been killed but most of these were separate incidents. >> reporter: good morning, t.j. absolutely right. another grim day here in afghanistan. six different incidents in different parts of the country proving that the fighting is widespread in this vast land. two u.s. service members were killed in southern afghanistan in separate ied strikes. that's roadside mines. one was also killed in eastern afghanistan by the same tactic. three others were also killed in eastern afghanistan, small arms fire, insurgent attack, as well as an accidental explosion. today, proof that the summer is intense here in afghanistan. the fighting will continue. this is a month after, just a couple of weeks after the deadliest month here in afghanistan since the war began enter 2001. 101 nato service members killed. that's the deadliest that this war has seen. many do expect that july and august may be worse. t.j.? >> it may
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Jul 24, 2010 12:00pm EDT
. they warned that they will use powerful nuclear deterrents to respond to joint u.s./south korean military exercises tomorrow. u.s. says the exercises are in response to the deadly sinking of a south korean ship blamed on the north. so after 1 1/2 years in office, president obama is still popular with african-americans but a new cnn opinion research poll suggests that he's much less popular with white voters. cnn deputy political director pi paul steinhauser has been crunching the numbers. >> reporter: let's start with president barack obama. more than nine out of ten say they approve of how mr. obama is handling his duties in the white house but 57% among hispanics and 37% among whites. according to the poll, six in ten say they think race relations will always be a problem. the number of whites is up five points from last year to 47%. what about the year and a half old tea party movement. about a quarter of you believe they are prejudice against minorities with another 35% saying at least some are prejudice. our polls all suggest those numbers clean when asked only of black resp
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Jul 1, 2010 9:00am EDT
immigrants now in the u.s. this morning, the president making his case for a way forward. >>> a former vice president, a masseuse, and a sex assault case reopened. what happened in portland? al gore's people speaking out. >>> we begin with those heavy rains and tornadoes that are pounding south texas as hurricane alex comes ashore. the season's first hurricane actually made landfall in northeastern mexico with 100-mile-an-hour winds. alex has weakened and it moved inland. it is now a tropical storm. still has the potential to trigger flash floods and mud slides. alex is having an impact on the oil spill cleanup hundreds of miles away. aftereffects of the storm could keep the skimming operation from resuming until this weekend. south padre island, texas, escaped the brunt of the storm but took a big hit. reynolds wolf is there. reynolds? >> reporter: what we have here is still plenty of wind, rain for the most part is gone. the waves continue to rock against the shores. some of these things have been monsters that have been coming along the coast here. the beach which used to str
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Jul 5, 2010 5:00pm EDT
. happening now, president obama tries to push the reset button on u.s. relations with israel. will this go around with prime minister benjamin netanyahu be any different? this hour the talks, the tension, and the struggle for middle east peace. >>> also, the psychological toll of the gulf oil spill. a new move to make sure that bp helped victims of mental stress. >>> and the british royals may be watching their pennies but that's not stopping the queen from making a whirlwind trip to new york. wolf blitzers off today. i'm suzanne malveaux and you're in "the situation room." >>> new move today by israel setting the stage for tomorrow's high stakes talks between benjamin netanyahu, the prime minister, and president obama. now, israel is announcing a change in its controversial blockade policy to allow more goods into gaza but at the same time israel is refusing to apologize to turkey for an israeli raid on an aid ship to gaza that killed nine turkish citizens. i want to bring in our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan, it almost seems like groundhog's day. there have been so many visi
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Jul 18, 2010 10:00pm EDT
speech. he wants to represent south carolina in the u.s. senate. was today's speech enough to sway voters? [ female announcer ] it's crabfest at red lobster. the best time to crack it... twirl it... dunk it... and discover more new ways than ever to enjoy crab. like our new crab lover's trio with crab-stuffed shrimp, and succulent north pacific king and snow crab legs. or our decadent crab and shrimp pasta. new crab creations for every craving, starting at $14.99, only during crabfest. right now at red lobster. only during crabfest. -so you're thinking...? i agree. preferred. only meineke has options... and now 50% off brake pads and shoes. my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> we go to south carolina now, and the man who shook up the political world with last month's victory in the democratic primary for the u.s. senate. i'm talking about alvin greene. he delivered his first campaign speech today giving state voters their first chance to hear what he stands for in his own words. like most candidates, he started off his stump speech with a little humor. >> i'm the best candidate in
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Jul 19, 2010 1:00pm EDT
u.s. airline has bought the airliner yet. to answer your really important question, airbus has written off the majority of the money that it costs to design, develop and build it and they told me today they expect the new planes being built will break even by 2014 because they've written off the old debt. it's huge. >> it's a good sign for the economy when people are shopping for airplanes. you remember at the brink of the recession, fewer people were showing up at these things. >> reporter: yeah. and the really important thing, of course, that plane right in the middle, the 787, which is making its debut outside the united states, the dreamliner, that has sold 863 of them. that tells you the importance, not only for the puget sound and the northwestern united states but right through the midwest, through to chicago where boeing has its headquarters. the industry that builds that plane is crucial. that's why that plane is the star of this show. >> richard, come and visit us again. richard quest at the farnborough air show in england. good to see you. >>> after 9/11, president b
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Jul 28, 2010 9:00am EDT
break down the numbers from the u.s. census bureau. carter? >> reporter: so get this. here is the number of americans who own their homes. it is 66.9% right now. that is the lowest number since 1999. the paeg was 69.2% in 2004. doesn't sound like a big difference percentagewise but that's millions and millions of homes. that was the housing boom in 2004. remember that? money was cheap and easy to get. now everybody is unemployed. they can't pay their bills. homes are getting foreclosed on. and they are flooding the market. nearly 19 million homes were vacant in the second quarter. this counts homes for sale and, if foreclosures. many people are coping by moving in with family or renting. expiration of first time home buyer is hurting. second lowest pace on record. home prices are back where they were in 2003. the bottom line right now is that homeownership is not guaranteed very many it once was. during the housing boom, many people were looking at their home primarily as an investment. not a place that they were going to live for 30 years or more. i think that perspective is star
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Jul 18, 2010 4:00pm EDT
of u.s. troops in afghanistan next july. he previously predicted a lot of people moving out. those were his words by then. but says, that's not really a deadline. >> what i was talking about was, you have, we're going to have over 100,000 people there. >> more, right, if you include -- >> i'm just talking about americans, 140,000 people there. and there's going to be a draw-down of forces as we transition. there are 34 districts in afghanistan. and the plan is, as we train up the afghani, we're going to begin in august say okay, now you got this province, we no longer have to have american ornato forces in that province. there will be a transition. and really, what i was responding to was the idea that the president had been outmaneuvered. i was saying, make it clear. so it wasn't so much numbers i meant. it could be as few as a couple thousand troops. it could be more. but settle will be a transition. >> and as the vice president said, there are around 100,000 american troops in afghanistan. 39 have bell killed there this month alone. >>> a controversial blog post with a tea party
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Jul 7, 2010 8:00pm EDT
researcher in jail in russia after being caught spying for the u.s. could soon be part of a spy swap between the two countries. cnn senior international correspondent matthew chance has been following the story from moscow. matthew what do you know, tell us. >> reporter: well, campbell, it's all very cloak and dagger, but speculation is right, that a prisoner swap is in the offing between russia and the united states involving those ten suspected spies accused in the u.s. of being part of a spy ring. the man jailed in russia accused of spying for the u.s. in a cold war-style spy swap according to his family members and legal team. the man who was sentenced to 15 years in a russian penal colony in 2004 for passing nuclear secrets to the cia told his mother that he's seen a list of poli prisoners in russian jails to be swapped. neither the u.s., nor russian authorities are confirming any deal has been made. the u.s. state department has confirmed a high level meeting between u.s. and russian diplomats is taking place in washington. that is only fueling speculation that an imminent and
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Jul 30, 2010 11:00am EDT
becoming the deadliest month for u.s. troops in the afghan war. names and faces for the victims. >> i'm drew griffin in for tony harris. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> let's start with the economy. the government's latest report on the health of the u.s. economy is out, and while there are signs the economy is growing, it's happening very slowly. what does that mean for one of ten americans out of work? carter evans on the floor of the new york stock exchange with the breakdown. it looks like the economy is growing at an an peoplic rate. >> the economy is growing at 2.4%, the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity in our country what does this report mean for the people looking for a job right now? it means more uncertainty and the problem with that is when things are uncertain, employers aren't hiring. let's focus on growth. our gdp -- this short shows you the growth. we have been growing. that is good news. just the pace, drew, is not as fast as we would like to see. >> and, carter, the growth rate is heading in
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Jul 9, 2010 5:00pm EDT
any of them. the kremlin identified the men by name thursday. all u.s. officials say is several are in poor health. >> i have nothing for you. >> the best known prisoner, igor sutyagin arms control expert for a moscow think tank. the russians say he gave military secrets to a british company working with the cia and found him guilty of treason, sentencing him to 15 years in a high security prison. he has consistently maintained his innocence. this individual is reportedly a former colonel in russia's counterintelligence service. according to russian media he worked in the u.s. and retired here. when he returned to russia he was arrested and found guilty of high treason for giving the cia secret information on russian agents. he served seven years of an 18-year sentence and reportedly has family in the u.s. russian media say the third man released is a former military intelligence agent. he was serving a 13-year sentence for spying on behalf of british intelligence. he reportedly has diabetes. and then there is a former kgb major reportedly arrested 12 years ago for contacts with the
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Jul 27, 2010 11:00am EDT
u.s. government for violating the clean water act and that may be as high as $18 billion and that would be in addition to the $32 billion. >> it's almost impossible to look past what happened in the gulf but what's odd about this is when you get beyond the oil spill, bp is actually, from what i understand, performing fairly well. >> that $17 billion, that is a huge number, but revenue actually increased almost 30% to more than $10 billion in the second quarter for bp. we've been talking about a lot this earning season, revenue growth is really what a lot of investors whant to see from any big company and if it weren't for all these cleanup costs, they would have posted a profit of about $5 billion, even more than it made this time last year. still, the main concern, beyond the bottom line, is the company's reputation and while some may see tony hayward as a sacrificial lamb, they'rages not getting rid of him. they're moving him to a very big, lucrative operation in russia. about one-quarter of the company's gas and oil production happens in the united states, so good relations in
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Jul 7, 2010 9:00am EDT
u.s. soldier now facing charges. accused of leaking this classified video. and why is breaking up so hard to do? science might tell us. you really might be addicted to love after all. >>> you knew it was coming. the feds suing arizona. trying to stop its tough new immigration law. the law that among other things requires police to question people they think might be in the country illegally. it is supposed to kick in three weeks from tomorrow. justice department basically says hold on, arizona. you can't make your own immigration laws because that's washington's job. governor jan brewer says that's the problem. washington has not done its jobs and arizona is paying the price. >> we need the federal government to do their job. if they don't do it, arizona will. >> reporter: governor brewer says the doj is wasting taxpayer money fighting this law. that it should use the money to fight the violent mexican drug cartels that have bled over the border. doj's beef with the law might be constitutional but other critics say that it will encourage racial profiling. c we take a look at who is f
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Jul 31, 2010 6:00am EDT
. >> hotter than hot. we're talking about parts of the southeastern u.s. should be baking today. triple digit heat indexes are quite likely? ro reynolds wolf has your saturday forecast. what is it, hot, hotter and hotter? >> it is crazy in parts of the southeast. i mean, it's going to be one of those things where you walk across the pavement and your feet will melt. parts of south georgia will have temperatures going up to 115 degrees. that's what it's going to feel like with the high humidity and the high heat, it will be unbearable. we're talking about possibly having extreme heat across ten states in the southeast. so point taken and absolutely serious about this. you don't have to go outside today, by all means, don't. if you are going outside, early morning or during the evening hours. midday, especially by the mid to late afternoon hours, that's the heat is going to bear down. it's going to be difficult. as we look at the national perspective, you see the temperatures. that heat is going to spread not just from parts of the southeast but across portions of the central plansz, dall
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Jul 17, 2010 1:00pm EDT
. china produces goods at a fraction of the price that we can here in the u.s. in part because of the way it values its currency. peter moricci is an economist and professor. you say that we either get china to play fair or we're headed for a depression. >> absolutely. if china doesn't play fair, there's just not a demand for what americans make. businesses need customers and capital. the customer side, there's just not enough demand for what americans make because we spend so much in china. it undervalues its currency by 40% or 50%. either we're going to grow very slowly or we'll tank. but we're not going to recover quickly enough to get unemployment below 9%. >> for another take, let's turn to richard quest host of cnn quest means business. last year the trade imbalance was $227 billion. that sounds like a gap we need to close, but china produceses goods a lot more cheaply which means folks like me and everyone else in america get to pay less for things. so what's wrong with that? >> jessica, it's very simple. the day you are prepared to pay more for the t-shirt on your back and the
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Jul 24, 2010 6:00am EDT
and spots. new ageless vitality. save $20 at aveeno.com. >>> a suspected u.s. drone attack killed 16 militants. five missiles are believed to have hit a compound. the region used to be a nerve center until an offensive chased most of the fighters away. >>> and 241 teachers were fired in d.c. because they failed an evaluation. 737 other teachers have been put on notice for minimally effective grading they received. >>> and tension between the two koreas as the united states and south korea go ahead with plans for massive joint military drills scheduled for tomorrow, north korea is threatening with nuclear deterrence. the u.s. says the drills are in response to the south korea war ship. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ your teddy bear ♪ put a chain around your neck ♪ and leave me anywhere >> not quite a teddy bear story but a bear none the less. a bear behind the wheel. a bit of a joyride. >> deputies piece together the tail this way. a neighbor heard a car horn at 3:00 a.m. came out to see this colorado family's car rocking back and forth. by the time the family got up and is went out
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Jul 24, 2010 5:00pm EDT
, not very good news coming out today. nato saying that two u.s. service members left their compound here in the capital of kabul friday afternoon, and then they went missing, and all of the information that they can give is that an investigation was under way, but as you said, an afghan intelligence official stating that they were actually abducted in logar province, logar borders the capital of kabul just to the south. and you know for the past several months, don, we've been talking about southern afghanistan, particularly helmand and kandahar provinces. talking about how volatile they are, how the taliban have an influence there. but what hasn't been mentioned is the taliban control in eastern afghanistan, including the province of logar. logar province is permeated with taliban fighters. the question that remains, many questions actually remain. and some of them include why these two service members actually left this compound of kabul by themselves and what is said to be nonmilitary vehicles, in fact suvs armored suvs and what they were doing in logar province by themselves. an
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Jul 6, 2010 5:00pm EDT
declares a u.s. bond with israel unbreakable. this hour, the public show of support for prime minister netanyahu. >>> and queen elizabeth as you rarely see her. taking the international stage right here in the united states. we're standing by for her visit to the site of the 9/11 terror attacks. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> breaking news right now. president obama using the full legal force of the united states government to try to stop one state's crackdown on illegal immigration. the justice department filing that highly anticipated lawsuit against arizona and against the arizona governor, jan brewer, just a short while ago. this law prompted widespread protests since governor brewer signed it in april. it requires police to question people suspected of being in the u.s. illegally. the suit doesn't challenge the particulars of the law. it challenges arizona's authority to pass it. let's bring in our senior legal analyst, jeffrey toobin. the justice department makes the case this is unconstitutional because it vio
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Jul 21, 2010 1:00pm EDT
speech she was doing, and they accused her of racism against a white farmer. now this former u.s. department of agriculture official might get her job back. but will she take it? >>> and with the stroke of a pen, the president signs the most sweeping financial overhaul of wall street since the great depression. we'll break down what it means to you and your wallet. >>> and we're exploring a mystery behind what is killing the penguins. they're washing ashore on brazil's beaches. first, let me take you to the story we have been following closely. shirley sherrod. you probably know her name by now. she was a georgia-based u.s. department of agriculture official who gave a speech a few months ago. she gave several like it, in which she described events of a quarter century ago. she said she was approached in one case by a white farmer who was struggling, and that she didn't do everything she could have done to help him. well, that was about three minutes of a forty-one minute speech that a conservative blogger posted on the internet. what it left out was her subsequent explanation th
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Jul 14, 2010 9:00am EDT
that were ramping up to collect more leaking oil instead of shutting down. you are looking at the u.s. coast e coast guard "resolute." that was our ride out here. it took us overnight from pensacola. now we arrived at our destination behind us here is the very spot where the deepwater horizon rig caught fire, sank to the bottom of the ocean and started that huge environmental and economic disaster. and this is a critical time. one mile beneath my feet testing is under way that could lead to capping the well. these images of the oil spewing into the gulf may soon be just a bad memory. but you wouldn't know it by what you see on the surface. quick observations of what we see out here. it looks like a small city of vessels. about 10, 20 large ships out there, two of them clearly producing oil. pumping it up from below. that's where we see the large flames erupting after they burn off the natural gas that comes up. i asked our coast guard escort to go in for a closer look. i wanted to see if there was anything going on that might show this catastrophe is turning a corner. this is as close
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Jul 10, 2010 8:00am EDT
headlines today. first, the u.s. justice department confirming the well publicized swap of u.s. and russian espionage agents have been completed. it happened yesterday afternoon in i havienna, austria. the russians get six spies for them top four nationals working for western intelligent agencies. >>> also, a brutal story out of brazil. a soccer player, a soccer star, named by police in the disappearance and murder of a woman said to be his former girlfriend. he is refusing to answer questions right now, according to police. his name is bruno and he is one of seven people arrested in the case. some of the details, accuse of killing this woman and feeding her dismembered p eed body to d. more detail on this story ahead. >>> also, we are following thursday's heavy rains and flash flooding in oklahoma city. take a look at the pictures here. new threat today. more storms are possible in that region. state of emergency has been declared in 63 oklahoma counties after several days of heavy rain. kate? >>> it's really hard to believe but we are almost three months into the gulf oil disaster
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Jul 5, 2010 1:00pm EDT
, according to one estimate, lost in the u.s. in productivity. but compare that with, for example, the united kingdom. look at that. you can still see that the u.s. dramatically lags in the world cup economics of lost productivity. and i want to also look at world cup fever and what it means in terms of lost productivity elsewhere in the world. 60% requesting days off. a quarter of the people around the world who work, taking some time off work. 17% either coming in early or leaving early. and 3% of them bold enough to just call out sick. so they can go and watch their favorite teams. >> i've seen people watching -- >> 99 million, quite a surprise. >> i've seen people watching at airports, in costco in front of the tvs. but soccer is one game you can watch and get work done at the same time, because as a passive observer, nothing is happening. so how are they rating this? are they rating this by how many people just don't show up for work during the matches? >> that's funny. what i thought was funny was the nielsen number they were watching, how many people had watched at least six min
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Jul 5, 2010 11:00am EDT
counted in the labor force. you know, for the u.s. economy as a whole, that fear is really growing that recovery is fizzling out and that's why we're seeing the markets tumble as much as they are. >> alison, what happens if stocks actually do fall into a bear market territory? >> well, what analysts think is it could trigger another wave of selling. it's also bringing up more talk of double dip recessions but on that question, you know, economists are split. some traders say yes we're in for it. other economists say this is just an extended period of very slow growth. ah, but earnings could give the markets a boost. second quarter earnings season, that kicks off next week. if companies can show they've got profit growth that could give the markets a boost. many traders are telling me that the markets are over sold, that we are ripe for a rally. we'll see if that comes to pass. >> all right. alison, good to see you. see you next hour. >> sure. >>> the nation's unemployment rate actually fell last month even though the economy lost jobs for the first time this year. the jobless rate dippe
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Jul 8, 2010 7:00pm EDT
result of a deal between the u.s. and russian governments. here to talk about all of it is our foreign affairs correspondent jill doherty. but first, i want to go to jill to get the very latest, jill. what can you tell us now? >> well, just a few minutes ago, we had a background briefing with two senior administration officials who gave us some information. really some fascinating details. they say that the u.s. drove the details, the terms of this agreement. and what they mean by that, they say that having these russians in hand, the ten of them, they figured they weren't going to get much more value out of it. so it was time to do a deal. what was the deal? they wanted to get four people out of russia. four people, at least three of whom have been accused of spying, and one that the united states even though the russians would say he is a spy, the u.s. maintains that he isn't. and just a few minutes ago, jessica, i got a -- their names actually coming from the russian president's press office. we can go through those if you want. but essentially the three of them are people who were
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Jun 30, 2010 8:00pm EDT
economy and wetlands is under way. the u.s. secretary spoke this morning in a joint press conference with mississippi governor haley barbour. take a look. >> we're looking at months to put the plan in, not years. very finite period of time to get the plan going. implementation is going to depend on what sort of projects are in the plan. >> mabus is touring the gulf to gather information about the spill's impact. his hope, and the president's approach, is for coastal communities to tell him what he needs and then the white house will jump to action. but is that the most effective plan of attack? connie maranas was at today's meeting with mabus and governor barbour. she's joining us, along with david gergen. connie, just -- i know that secretary mabus probably got an earful from you and other local officials about the frustrations you've experienced so far. what did you tell him today? >> well, all the officials had a two-prong approach. first of all, it was to vent a little of our frustrations in dealing with the unified command out of mobile making decisions for the effort here, for recov
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Jul 20, 2010 6:00am EDT
2014. clinton says the u.s. and the world is with afghanistan despite the fact that troop withdrawals are now scheduled to begin next year. >>> los angeles district attorney is looking into the business practices of goldline international. it is a popular company that sells gold items on tv and online. reports now of complaints by customers saying they were either lied to or misled or pressured into buying gold coins not worth what they originally thought. among the company's pitchmen, glenn beck, mike huckabee and fred thompson. congress is also looking into the case. >>> a ufo sighting over china caused panic, confusion and lots of speculation as to what it could be. it shut down an airport in southeastern china for about an hour. local reports say it didn't show up on the radar. a source tells "china daily" it may be part of military exercises. certainly almost does look like a rocket of some sort. the government would just say that an investigation is ongoing. >> isn't that what they always say when you see those things in the sky. >> didn't appear on radar. >>> seven minutes past
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Jul 4, 2010 4:00pm EDT
, but the majority are from the u.s. and cnn caught up with some of those u.s. troops as they celebrated the fourth outside kabul. >> general petraeus on the fourth of july in a ceremony held in kabul, but independence day celebration, here at bag ram air field where service members are trying to have fun with a dunk tank, a barbecue, music, and this. it's a little bit of fun to have a piece of america in afghanist afghanistan. >> it is different. we are aware that there is a war going on. we are all here serving the same thing. we deserve to celebrate too. it's fun. having a great time. >> we can't do live fireworks just to see a fireworks show, but i hope we don't see a fireworks show. i will miss hanging out with the family and watching fireworks and having a good time. watching parades and stuff. my family most. >> the festivitiesened with good food and good company. although the troops miss their family and friends, they are proud to be serving their country on their independence day. >> general petraeus is back and president obama's plans to start drawing down troops in
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Jul 3, 2010 12:00pm EDT
embassy. he actually stood side-by-side with the u.s. ambassador shaking hands and greeting 1700 dignitaries whether they be afghan, americans or internationals. he said that unity is key when it comes to winning the war in afghanistan. >> i'm reminded that this is an effort in which we must achieve unity of effort and common purpose. civilian and military afghan and international, we are part of one team, with one mission. in this important endeavor, cooperation is not optional. this is a tough mission, there is nothing easy about it. >> reporter: general petraeus was said to have detailed discussions with keoy officials including commanders on the ground here. he met with the president of afghanistan and that will be key in showing unity between the afghan government, the forces and the international community. that is something that general stanley mccrystal spent a year working on. and now it is general petraeus' turn to do the same. >> thank you so much for that update coming from kabul. >>> all right argentina suffered a painful loss at the world cup. and later, you know he
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Jul 10, 2010 12:00pm EDT
appeal to the u.s. court of appeals in san francisco that will also be unsuccessful. bottom line, this law will never go into effect. never. >> wow. all this, richard, while the governor jan brewer is getting incredible support by way of financial support in the defense fund to go up against the federal government. >> not only jan brewer, but the citizens of the united states, so many are supporting the legislation that was enacted in arizona. however, if you don't think this is big time politics, fred, president obama has said i didn't make the decision. i left it up to attorney general holder to make this decision here. listen, the government brought a strict legal challenge here. they didn't challenge any of the aspects of the bill itself. all they said was the states cannot enact legislation which is adverse or has anything to do with federal laws. that's the supremacy causes. it's contusion 101. that's a very good and strategic legal argument. the government is probably going to win this case, fred, but it's not based on the grounds of the statute itself because those grounds in t
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Jul 19, 2010 9:00am EDT
it remains a mystery. >> reynolds wolf, we'll continue to track it with you. >>> the u.s. is pretty much out of control. no one really knows much about intel. barbara starr, any reaction to this? >> reporter: well, good morning to you. officials in the government are saying that they were well aware that this washington article was coming. they acknowledged that the intelligence community has grown significantly since 9/11. tens of thousands of workers added to it, but they say part of this has been an effort to thwart potential terror attacks. is there overlap, is there cost that could be saved or cut short? they are working on that. "the washington post," however, as a result of their two-year investigation did come up with pretty interesting facts. for example, there are about 1200 separate government offices that work in the intelligence. there are nearly the,000 private companies, contractors with tens of thousands of workers also who work in the u.s. intelligence community. and 850,000 people have top-secret clearances. what does all that mean? what the administration had been
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Jul 29, 2010 9:00am EDT
actually shows us what it is like to be an immigrant working in the u.s. picking grapes in a hot desert field. that job no americans are doing. >>> old court battle gets new life in spain. arrest warrants issued for three u.s. soldiers. they are wanted in the death of a spanish cameraman killed in iraq by u.s. tank fire in 2003. al goodman is in madrid to give tuesday latest. tell, al, walk us through the story. >> reporter: this goes back to 2003. the iraq war, american troops are taking baghdad and a sum tank opens fire on the palestine hotel, very large structure, a lot of international journalists including a spanish tv cameraman who was mortally wounded by the tank round from the u.s. tank and reuters tv camera man. since then, his family, cameraman's family, having trying to bring who they say the perpetrators to justice. they named three u.s. soldiers. this has been a long running court battle. it has been open and closed and opened and now closed and now open again with these arrest warrants by the same judge who indicted these three soldiers a few years you a go and then
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Jul 9, 2010 7:00pm EDT
u.s. government and said here's how we'll kill it, the u.s. government came back to them and said that's great. we want to you drill two wells so if that first well doesn't work, they've got that second well ready to go. if that doesn't work, if there's some reason that they can't stop this well with cement, they've got that two other plans waiting in the wings. >> hate to sound negative but in the past -- is there reason to believe them now because in the past they've set expectations high and disappointed. >> reporter: they've had to learn every step of the way here because so much has never been done like this. they have in the past, however, done these relief wells and they have intersected other wells and capped them. we know they have done that in the past. they have confidence that that will work this time. but everything that we've seen so far, all of the failures, all of the attempts that have not gone through, this is all signs of a situation that no one has ever encountered before. they are trying now with this relief well to go with something they know and they hope wi
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Jul 23, 2010 7:00pm EDT
under fire for firing the u.s. attorneys? the justice department decided just this week not to prosecute him. he says he feels vindicated but also angry. and in the play by play tonight a flashback. back in the 2008 campaign joe biden got in hot water when he used the words "clean and articulate." remember that? a little payback today. some candidates like to call reporters to big events and then walk away. no questions. we'll show you who they are. ♪ [ woman ] when i grow up, i want to take him on his first flight. i want to run a marathon. i'm going to work with kids. i'm going to own my own restaurant. when i grow up, i'm going to start a band. [ female announcer ] at aarp we believe you're never done growing. thanks, mom. i just want to get my car back. [ female announcer ] together we can discover the best of what's next at aarp.org. [ fem♪ e announcer ] together we can discover we know why we're here. to design the future of flight, inside and out. ♪ to build tomorrow's technology in amazing ways. ♪ and reshape the science of aerospace -- forever. [ female announc
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Jul 14, 2010 5:00pm EDT
. >> stand by, ed. there is thad allen. he is about to go to the microphone there, the retired u.s. coast guard, national incident commander. he is going to update us right now on what is going on and when you see the live pictures of that cap you can still see the oil spewing from the top of that well. it's going full speed ahead. the goal is to start closing some of those valves at the top of the new cap but to do it in a way that won't cause further problems. let's listen to thad allen. >> thanks for coming here to the airport. i returned a short while ago from a visit out to the well site with secretary salazar, secretary of interior. we were on the helix producer 1 which is a production platform we have brought on to be able to increase our production. this is the first time a floating production unit has been employed in the gulf coast. it was a pretty significant event. we had a chance to talk to the crew and get a brief on operations and that was very helpful moving forward. out on site today in and around the well site we had 44 skimmers, 20 of them actually within 15 naut
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Jul 30, 2010 10:00pm EDT
particular, what makes someone a suspected illegal imgraim grant, that u.s. citizens will be hassled, that people of color will be hassled far more than white citizens. you say that's completely not true? >> listen, we've had the justice department a year and a half investigating us for alleged racial profiling. i think we've done pretty good. i don't think that the law enforcement, the local police are going to racial profile. i'm convinced they are not. they know how to do their jobs. when they do come across people pursuant to their duties and find out that person is illegally here, they're going to take action, i hope. >> what the critics ask you, though -- i would like to hear an answer, though, is what makes somebody -- what makes somebody, a police officer suspicious of someone as being an illegal alien? if you stop someone for a taillight, what is reasonable suspicion of being an illegal ali alien? >> here we go into criterias. many criterias to follow and i will spend all day doing that but basically they don't have any identification, that they admit being here illegally, that th
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Jul 5, 2010 7:00pm EDT
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